Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer

President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e. V.

Personal Statement

"With the help of digital technologies, we are enabled to gain a much better understanding of natural evolutionary processes. In the foreseeable future we will manage to utilize this evolutionary knowledge to create innovative and sustainable processes for manufacturing, business and society quasi in fast motion."

Work experience

2012 –President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e. V.
2010 – 2011President of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP)
2010Initiator and Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Automobile Production Alliance
2003 – 2006Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz)
2000Founding President of Industrieverein Sachsen 1928 e. V., an association of approximately 120 companies (representing 20 billion euros in sales; 30,000 employees); Founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes (IWP), TU Chemnitz
1998Initiator and Dean of Studies, Microengineering and Mechatronics Program, TU Chemnitz
1995Chair of Department for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, TU Chemnitz, while serving as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
1994 – 2012Executive Director of Fraunhofer IWU
1992Director of machine tools and automation technology at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Forming Technology and Machine Tools, later Fraunhofer IWU
1991Commissioned by the Fraunhofer Executive Board to establish the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Forming Technology and Machine Tools
1990Executive Director at the Institute of Machine Tools, Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
1989University Lecturer, Machine Tools and Tool Design, TUD
1985Employment in industry: design and development, Kombinat Umformtechnik, Erfurt, ultimately in management positions

Course of studies

1991Award of the academic degree of Doktor-Ingenieur habilitatus
1989Doctorate Technical Sciences (Dr. sc. techn.), TUD: “Development of flexible sheet metal molding systems“
1984Doctorate Engineering (Dr.-Ing.), TUD: “Computer-assisted preparation of finite element calculation models for machine tool structures“
1975Diploma studies Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), TUD, focus: Machine tool design